2021 Celebration of Excellence and 60th Year Celebration
The Arc of Howard County’s 2021 Celebration of Excellence was held virtually on May 12, 2021. Congratulations to all of our award winners for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!
Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Jones, Carlotta Martin, and Janice Martin
Excellence in Employment: Robert Walker, Natalie Dohner, and Vytex Windows
Excellence in Professional Services: ALFA Specialty Pharmacy
Excellence in Community: FEED HOWARD COUNTY
Excellence in Public Service: Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Eric Ebersole
Volunteer of the Year: Matt Hart and Sarah Wheedleton
The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award: Annie Caldwell
President’s Award: Richard Dean
Employee of the Year: All of Arc of Howard County DSPs
COVID-19 Heroes of the Year: Deborah Wagner and Naomi Lyvers
Humanim and The Arc of Howard County focused on providing meaningful learning opportunities, engaging experiences, and social supports on a virtual platform for I/DD community members who are isolated at home.
Participants are given a safe outlet for self expression, as well as a variety of learning opportunities including classes, creative workshops, social events, and more. Past classes have included virtual cooking classes with City Seeds, Music Therapy, Movies, Games, Yoga, Dance Parties, DIY crafts with AR Workshop Annapolis, and virtual animal encounters with the Maryland Zoo.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community.
The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community. The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients. View Virtual Learning Campus class calendar on the Humanim website.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.
This year, the Developmental Disabilities Coalition is coordinating a week of virtual advocacy and opportunities for information and connection with legislators from February 9-12.
To kick things off, we will be holding our main DD Days event on Tuesday, February 9th, from 9 to 11 AM. If you have participated in DD Day in downtown Annapolis in years past, this is your opportunity to take part online, from home in 2021. This year, the event will be FREE to attendees due to a generous grant from The Developmental Disabilities Council, and hard work/coordination from all members of the DD Coalition!
From Tuesday to Thursday, you can also make an impact through your advocacy on social media! Each day has a theme for you to share your story with friends, family, and legislators. The themes each day are:
Additionally, information on other virtual advocacy opportunities during the week will be posted on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website as we get closer to the headliner event! English and Spanish Closed Captioning will be available for those who need it on February 9.
For any questions or accommodations to support your participation, please contact Luc Chausse, Director of Advocacy and Outreach at The Arc Maryland, at email@example.com.
Members of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Coalition are The Arc Maryland, Disability Rights Maryland, The Maryland Association of Community Services, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and People on the Go of Maryland.
The Arc of Howard County will be holding a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Dr. James Campbell of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, will be the presenter at the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall. Please join us for an informative presentation and have your questions about the vaccine answered firsthand by Dr. James Campbell.
Stay informed about the COVID-19 Vaccine and its impact on the disability community, by attending this free virtual event.
Maryland Department of Health: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine-Facts vs Fiction for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
January 27, 2021
People who live and work in group homes for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have been prioritized in the highest priority group to receive the vaccine. Please register on this form.
At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.
Voting Information from Delegate Jessica Feldmark (District 12-Howard County)
How to Submit a Mail-in Ballot
There are TWO ways to submit a mail-in ballot:
You can return your mail-in ballot through the mail. If you do, your ballot must be postmarked byNovember 3, 2020.
You may drop off your mail-in ballot at any ballot drop box in your county of residence 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. For a list of ballot drop box locations in Howard County, visit this site.
Whether you return your ballot in a drop box or by mail, please be sure to sign the oath on the outside of the envelope (or if you printed an electronically delivered ballot, the oath is on a separate sheet of paper). A mail-in ballot will not be counted without a signed voter’s oath.
Voting in Person
During Early Voting
Early Voting is October 26, 2020-November 2, 2020. Early Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. Citizens can vote at any Early Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Early Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.
On Election Day
Election Day is November 3, 2020. Election Day Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Citizens can vote at any Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Election Day Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.
Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
It is absolutely critical that voting is fully accessible to people with disabilities. For a description of the accessibility options for voters with disabilities, visit this site.